Research Request for Participation

Transnationally Adopted Koreans’ Information Seeking Behavior

My name is Sarah Park and I am an assistant professor in the Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University, and I am researching the information seeking behaviors of adopted Koreans. My main research question is: how do adopted Koreans go about seeking information regarding adoption and birth histories, what are some barriers, specific needs, and resources available to aid in this process? The goal of my research is to understand and frame the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, as well as analyze and highlight the needs, resources, and barriers related to information seeking.

I invite you to participate in this project of advancing knowledge about search experiences through an interview about your own search experiences. The interview will take approximately one hour and be audio-recorded. All data will be kept strictly confidential, secured behind passwords and locked cabinets/offices, and destroyed upon completion of the project.

Participant Requirements

  • Adopted Koreans age 18+ who have conducted a birth search.

If interested, please contact Sarah Park
651-690-8791 Office

This project is funded by the St. Catherine University Carol Easley Denny Faculty Research Grant. For more information about Sarah Park:

3 hours before class…

… is probably not the best time to create a new blog entry, but here I am. Just popping in to say I’ve been thinking about my research/writing agenda for the next few years, and I’m flippin’ excited, but also sort of nervous. I tend to work myself pretty hard; these past couple years it’s been about teaching, accreditation and family, and now I’m beginning to focus (again) on research, faith and other things. I’m still working hard at being an effective instructor, but I definitely hunger for research. I have some exciting projects going on, plus some on the horizon. It’s been kind of serendipitous; some awesome projects have landed in my lap so I’m really thankful and excited about those. Plus, my university is supporting me, I love what I do, and yet there’s still more to come.

I guess we’ll see what God has in store for these next few years ^^

Gobble Gobble*

It’s turkey week! For the past month I’ve been looking forward to this week because I had been planning to spend it doing research with my dear friends from graduate school. For the first time in my (employed) life, I’ve carved out space to do nothing but research – and eat. When my grad school friends and I get together, we MUST eat well. Case in point: last night while they busted out their books, I busted out the KitchenAid and made a cheesecake. And then I started working 🙂 And being here in this city that I so dearly love – we’ve already hit a couple of my favorite restaurants. As much as I love living in the Twin Cities, the food options just can’t compete. Last night we went grocery shopping and spend a ridiculous amount of money buying ingredients for all the Korean food we will make this week – Korean bbq (갈비), spicy pork bellies (돼지 불고기), rice cake dumpling soup (떡만두국). Now THIS is happiness.

It’s really interesting that this week is about both research and consumption because one of my research projects is about adoption and consumption. I’m tying it into my other (primary) research project, and I think it’ll be an interesting offshoot. Sometimes I have so many ideas/offshoots running through my head that I can’t sleep; I’ll often stay up late, already in bed but with smartphone in hand, sending myself emails because I don’t want to lose my ideas. (I wish I had a pensieve so I could recall all my memories – yep, I just watched HP7.1! And loved every minute of it.) And then I can’t sleep because I’m so excited to wake up the following morning to start working on those ideas. (But I often can’t because I have other duties first – teaching, service, and having a life outside of work – but that’s a different post for another time). Today I’m working on my primary research project and then tomorrow a friend and I are churning out an article we’ve been working on for the past several months. I’ve been so excited about this project that I’ve been emailing and texting him at all hours of the day with ideas, questions, articles to read. And then the remaining days, not including Turkey day, I will focus again on my current research project – as well as eat and spend time with friends.

Having this excitement about this aspect of my work really affirms what I’m doing with my life. I joke that I get paid to read children’s books, that I get paid to read and write, but it’s true. I do. I love reading, I love the joy of identifying intertextuality among different works, I love the satisfaction of writing sentences and paragraphs that make sense and say something new. And my job requires this. How awesome is that?!

Anyway, this post is all over the place. What I’m trying to say is this: I’m really excited about my research retreat ^^